Two people were killed, shops and factories were closed and riot police patrolled townships as Zimbabwean workers began a two-day general strike over fuel prices.
Police said the deaths in a Harare township, which occurred after the gas-bombings of two houses, were unrelated to the strike. "Six people were injured in that assault, two died as a result of [the] assault," a police spokesman said. He gave no details or motives.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions called the strike to protest a fuel price increase of nearly 70%.